Ja Rule has been long-removed from the spotlight he enjoyed in the early 2000s as one of the top-selling rap acts, but in recent months, he’s been making headlines … for his legal problems, rather than his music.
After dealing with his 2007 gun charge, in which he received a two-year prison term he’s yet to begin serving, the rapper is now facing more time for tax evasion charges that were recently revealed.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Ja Rule (real name: Jeffrey Atkins) has pleaded guilty to tax evasion in New Jersey, for failing to pay more Uncle Sam their share of more than $3 million in income he earned from 2004 up until 2006.
As part of a plea agreement, two counts were dismissed against him for unpaid taxes on income earned in 2007 and 2008.
Ja Rule is expected to be sentenced on the tax evasion charges in June, the same month he’ll begin serving his two-year sentence in his gun case.
He faces up to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines on each tax evasion count.
With his tax issues out-of-the-way, Ja Rule plans to spend his remaining months of freedom putting the finishing touches on his next album, The Renaissance Project.